Follow Friday: My Little Bug Boutique

There is nothing cuter than a little baby girl with a precious bow in her hair! Am I right or am I right?! Today's #FollowFriday is a friend of mine who makes the sweetest hair bows for little girls! She sows and assembles all of them at her house here in Charleston, SC. I've already bought a few for my nieces because I think they are the perfect gift! Continue reading to find out more about My Little Bug Boutique.

My Little Bug Boutique

Owner: Avery Raley
Products: Hair Accessories, Bows

TDC: First of all, what inspired the name, My Little Bug Boutique?
MLBB: Like most funny nicknames, this one sort of just “happened”. I think when our daughter, Elliotte, was probably around a year old or so, I started calling her all sorts of variations of “bug”. Little bug, bug-a-boo, silly bug, etc. When I decided I wanted to open an Etsy shop, naming it after her just seemed appropriate. She’s the little bug behind the boutique!

TDC: Tell us a little about your background and what lead you to open up your shop!
MLBB: Ever since we found out we were having a little girl, I was giddy about being able to dress her up in ruffles and bows, even though I’m not super girly myself. It’s just so much fun! We were gifted a lot of bows when she was first born, but as she outgrew them I found myself missing having all the different colored bows to match each and every outfit (high priority, obviously). In an effort to save money, I decided to try and make her some bows myself. I found that as a stay at home mom, I actually really enjoyed the creative outlet of making the bows and how customizable they were. Fast forward about one year and a sewing machine later and I thought opening up my own shop might a great way to help contribute to my family financially while also doing something I enjoy!

Classic Spring Bows

Classic Spring Bows

TDC: Do you currently have a favorite item in the shop right now? 
MLBB: It changes weekly! I’d have to say currently I’m really loving the spring line of “classic” bows! I love the pastel colors and I think they’re also my favorite to put Elliotte in because they really stand out.

TDC: Your daughter is absolutely precious. She is coming up on 2 years! Do you have any tricks for keeping bows in her hair!?
MLBB: You are sweet! Well as I’m sure many other girl moms would say, keeping a bow in her hair isn’t necessarily an easy feat at this age. She’s extremely busy and she’s been known to rip her bow out and throw it on the floor, especially in the car. But I think two things specifically have been helpful in getting her to keep it on. 1) I’ve been putting bows on her since she was a newborn, so really I think she’s just used to it. She knows that if we’re going somewhere, no outfit is complete without a bow! Plus she truly loves to accessorize (hats, necklaces, you name it) so I think she enjoys that part of it too. 2) All of our clip bows in the shop have a rubber grip attached, specifically made to grip onto fine hair like many kids have and keep bows in place. That makes all the difference, especially for little ones! For the bands, the elastics we use are super soft and grow with the child so they won’t dig into their head or feel uncomfortable, making them much less likely to want to pull it off!

TDC: You also just made a very important announcement on your shop’s social media! Do tell!
MLBB: We did! …We are currently expecting our 2nd “little bug”! I am due in September and super excited to find out if we’ll have another bow wearing girl, or if we’ll need to be adding some boy bow ties to the shop!

TDC: What is one of the biggest life lessons you’ve learned since being a mom?
MLBB: Oh gosh. I could write a book on that question alone. I think I’d have to say that the biggest lesson that comes to mind is that nothing is concrete! Babies, toddlers, children.. they’re always changing! As soon as you think you’ve become a pro at something, they change. As soon as you think you’ve figured something out about your child, it changes – for better or for worse! It’s a lot of learning and adapting at every age and every baby is different. And as much as I’d like to, I can’t take credit for anything she’s good at, haha. Most of it is just her personality and the way the Lord made her! I think it’s really taught to me to hold an open hand as a mom. To know that I’m not in control of anything that I just have to trust the Lord with every little thing. It’s hard to do when you naturally want to do the best, safest, most beneficial thing for your child 24/7, but it’s also quite freeing. To know that the Lord, who’s much more capable than me, is actually in perfect control!  

TDC: You’ve lived in the Charleston, SC area for about 2 years now. Can you share some of your favorite family activities to do around town?
MLBB: Hmmm. You know really we just love to be outside, especially in Charleston! Elliotte (and of course the soon to be new baby) isn’t really old enough to do a lot of “structured” activities, so the best things for us right now are just being in wide open spaces where we can explore and Elliotte can run around. We love the beach, the parks, going downtown, that sort of thing. We also love the farmers market and similar free outdoor events where we can walk around (did I say for free?) and listen to music and grab something to eat. It’s stroller friendly and no one cares if your child is making a racket!

TDC: Last but definitely not least...what is your favorite Charleston area restaurant right now?
MLBB: How does anyone pick just one? I’m gonna cheat and give two answers (okay maybe three). For me personally I’m a huge fan of Mediterranean food. So I tend to go for places like Zoe’s Kitchen or Tazikis over and over again – I know those are chains but since not everywhere has those options, I’m gonna consider them Charleston perks! For the family, we really like Taco Boy downtown! It’s super affordable, has a really fun atmosphere and it’s kid friendly (aka loud)!

Be sure to follow Avery on Instagram as she continues to grow My Little Bug Boutique! So much excitement ahead for their family. And my personal favorite bow is the green glitter. Is it cool if I wear that one?! :)

Stay tuned for our next #FollowFriday in three weeks! Hint: All the tennis pros are wearing it!

Best,
Emily Kirby

Ideas for a Modern Nursery

Inspired by our new baby products, I've compiled some fun and whimsical ideas for a more modern baby nursery. Clean lines, geometric shapes, bold colors, and cute animals for everyone! Be sure to visit some of these awesome Etsy shops and check out our new baby gifts while you are there!

 
 

8 Shops for Finding Party Supplies

I love having the opportunity to celebrate other people, especially when it is in the form of a party. Showers, birthday parties, engagement parties...they are all my favorite! And what is a party without decorations?! :) I always enjoy hunting for new decoration ideas, so today I'm giving you 8 shops full of party supply and decoration goodness!

8 Shops fro Finding Party Supplies

Have fun checking out these lovely shops! Any suggestions on where you find great party supplies and decor? Feel free to share!

Best,
Emily Kirby

People to Follow: Melissa Griffin Photography

Happy #FollowFriday! 'm so excited to share this interview with you! Melissa Griffin is an incredible young lady, and I'm proud to call her one of my close friends. She and I started our creative businesses around the same time, and it has been awesome to watch each other grow! She has been the camera behind several of Texture Design's photo shoots. (So I can highly recommend her!) Another side note, Melissa was one of my first logo and website clients--always thankful for those first clients that take a chance on you! Recently, Melissa opened an ETSY SHOP stocked full of stunning photographs! SERIOUSLY BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS! So check out the shop and read below to hear more of Melissa's story! 

Photos of Melissa by Leah's Opus Photography

Etsy Shop:  MelissaGriffinPhoto 
Owner: Melissa Griffin
Product and/or Service: Photography Sessions and Fine Art Prints 


TDC: Briefly tell us what led you to become interested in photography?

MGP:  I’ve had an interest in art for as long as I can remember.  When I was young I’d fill sketch books with drawings.  As I got into high school I began taking photography classes which I loved and continued into college.  I’m not a super creative person who is able to come up with something from nothing.   But I enjoy photography because I’ve learned (and am learning) how to find light, colors, textures, etc and arrange them in a way that creates a striking image.  I NEVER thought I’d take photos of people.  But once I started doing it, I fell in love with it.  A positive response from a mother who sees a candid of their children or a granddaughter seeing a photo of her grandparents smiling at each other makes my day.  It’s so humbling that people let me into these personal moments and milestones in their lives!  And it’s a privilege to know that these photos are one of the few material possessions that they will have forever.

TDC: What types of photography sessions do you offer?

MGP:  I offer everything from engagement and maternity sessions to senior portraits and family photos.  It’s fun to start with a couple when they are pregnant then take pictures of their newborn and again as the baby grows up!  I enjoy having repeat clients who I get to know while watching their family grow.  I just worked with a family for the third time and found out they have to move from Charleston to Seattle soon.  We’re planning on taking family photos in Seattle when I travel there next year!  I love that.

TDC: Now that it is summer, a lot of families are interested in beach photography sessions. Do you work with families coming to Charleston for vacation?

MGP:  Absolutely!  I’ve worked with several families who live out of town.  They found me online and contacted me to take their photos of their immediate or extended family after they all arrive in Charleston.  It’s been fun to stay in Charleston but work with people from Nashville, New York, and other places.  Vacation is a great time to do family photos because everyone is together and there aren’t a bunch of other “real life” distractions around.

TDC: We all worry about what to wear for photo shoots. Do you have any recommendations for outfits? Any suggestions when there is a large group of people? Are there colors or patterns you would recommend avoiding?

MGP:  Definitely wear something that’s comfortable and YOU!  I like layering – necklaces, scarves, jewelry, etc.  I think simple patterns and solid colors work well.  You don’t want a super crazy pattern that takes attention away from your face!  For large groups, coordinating colors and patterns are good but not matchy-matchy.  Don’t put everyone in khakis and white ;)  I like fun pops of colors too like a necklace or a fun pair of shoes.

TDC: Tell us what led you to open an Etsy shop. (And congrats on the new shop!)

MGP:  Thank you so much!  This has been in the works for quite awhile.  I have wanted to open an Etsy shop for some time because I had images from trips that were just sitting on my computer.  Earlier this year I did a series of Charleston church images, and when I started posting them I had a really positive response.  People started asking if I sold them, and I had a few people ask if they could purchase them for wedding gifts.  That was the push I needed to make the shop a reality.  I’m currently selling 8x10 prints on paper and a few metal prints that are unique pieces to hang in your home or to give as gifts.  I’m looking forward to continuing to update my shop and making connections with different people.

TDC: Can you share a little background or history behind some of the photos in your shop? Are the photos mostly Charleston sites?

MGP:  Most of the photos are from the Charleston area.  I’ve lived here for 8 years now, so I have lots of photos that I’ve taken during that time.  There are so many inspiring and beautiful places here to photograph!  I also have a travel bug.  I went on my first trip to Europe in 2007 and since then have been to Australia, India and back to Europe again.  Looking at a photo will bring me right back to the place I took it so my images from my travels are really special to me.  I’ve listed some of these images in my shop as well.

TDC: During your years of photography, is there a picture that you’ve taken that stands out as your favorite? 

MGP:  I really don’t have one favorite image, I could never choose!  But I can think of two that stand out to me right now. 

One is a photo I took of two boys in India [Pictured above].  We visited their school and they were running away from me and giggling while I attempted to take their photo.  They finally sat down at a table in one of their classrooms and both smiled at me.  Their little faces just remind me of the sweet, humble and playful children we met while visiting Kolkata.  I was so grateful that I was able to go on that trip.  It was eye opening and life changing.

The second is the photograph that I took of the Mother Emanuel church back in January [Pictured above next to wood doors]. At that time, of course, I never imagined that such a tragedy could happen in this city in that beautiful church.  As soon as I heard the news I found the image I took and re-posted it with the Bible verse, “Cast your burden on the Lord and he will sustain you” from Psalm 55:22.  Now that I look at this image again after these shocking events, the angle of the church reaching to the blue sky symbolizes hope to me.  And I think that HOPE has been represented in the words and actions of the victims’ families and the church members at AME.

I've posted two images of the AME church on my Etsy shop and 100% of the profits I make from the sales of these two photos will go toward the Mother Emanuel Hope Fun.

TDC: Favorite Charleston restaurant right now?  (hard question!)

MGP:  That IS a hard question!  I love trying out new Charleston restaurants and lately it’s been hard to keep up!  Two of my favorites right now are Minero on East Bay Street and Leon’s on Upper King.  Both have a fun atmosphere and everything I’ve tasted at each place is delicious! 

 

Thank you Melissa for your time! Be sure to follow MGP on Instagram as well!

GUESS WHAT ELSE? Melissa is offering a 10% discount to Texture Design Co. followers!
Just use the coupon code below when checking out on Etsy. (Expires 7.17.15)

Coupon Code: TEXTURE 

Who do you recommend following? What are some of your favorite Instagram accounts? I would love for you to share them in the comments section!

Best, Emily Kirby

Our Etsy Spring Wish List

Spring is almost here!!! I googled and the first official day of spring is March 20th! So in honor of the warmer weather coming back, I compiled an Etsy "Spring Wish List" full of bright colors and cheery designs! You'll love these Etsy finds and their talented makers!

This absract watercolor painting makes me think of little rain drops in a puddle. And as they say, "April showers bring May flowers." The colors and simplicity are so soothing.

 

SARAH K BENNING
Oh Hey

Oh hi! Sarah's shop is full of contemporary embroidery. I enjoy the fact that it is homey and inviting yet quirky and fun! It could be the perfect item to spruce up your space after some spring cleaning! (Time for me to dust the fan blades!)

 

ELIZABETH MAYVILLE
Grapefruit Still Life

Have you been to Elizabeth Mayville's shop? If you haven't, you are missing out! As she describes it, "

All of my work has to do with the small and beautiful moments of a quiet day."

Her prints are all so crisp and fresh feeling...like a spring day morning!

 

TILISSIMO
Tribal Inspired Coasters

I'm always a sucker for patterns, and this bright tribal pattern is awesome! So when you're on the porch enjoying this lovely spring weather, you can sit your drink on one of these little guys.

 

GRINDSTONE DESIGNS
Suspended Plant Shelf

Brooke's pieces are all unique because she mainly uses salvaged materials. This hanging shelf is whimsical and just perfect for hanging spring flowers! :)

 

SALT AND LIGHT DESIGNS
Wooden Pallet Art: Let Your Light Shine

This piece with the sunrise is just so happy! Makes me think of the days growing longer as spring and summer approach. If you are in need of pallet art, definitely check out the rest of Kait's shop!! You may remember that we interviewed Kait Waggoner of Salt and Light Designs last year. You can view the interview here

 

PARAGRAPH LOOP
Peach Jewelry Dish

Spring is wedding season. Therefore, it may be time for you to purchase some wedding gifts. When we got married, one of my favorite wedding gifts was a tiny bowl for my rings. So if you need gifts, head over to this shop! They have lots of colors to choose from!

 

HOLD YOU ME
Organic Baby Leggings

I wish they made these in my size! Definitely a great baby gift this spring.

 

 NIRWA
Geometric Pillow

This pillow has a unique blend of colors that makes it very eye-catching -- perfect for a little redecorating. The pillows are all handmade in Istanbul, Turkey!

 

THIS LOVES THAT
Glitter and Mint Envelope Clutch

With the change in wardrobe, you may be needing a new little clutch to carry. This shop has so many colors and variations to choose from. They would make a perfect gift for a friend.

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That sums up our Etsy Spring 2015 Wish List! Thank you to all the shops for letting us showcase your items!

(photos provided by the individual shops)

-Emily

Why They Call Charleston the Holy City

 

Have you seen Texture Design's latest set of Charleston notecards and prints? 

CHARLESTON CARDS

Here is the background story for our new items! My friend, who is an amazing photographer (Melissa Griffin Photography), invited me on a trip to take pictures of some of the historic churches in downtown Charleston.  The resulting photos definitely inspired our new cards and prints!

If you aren't familiar with the city, it is known for its multitude of BEAUTIFUL churches. The skyline is full of steeples popping up among the other buildings. Many people reference it as the Holy City. I did a little research, and this nickname also points to the city's early history. Among the original thirteen colonies, Charleston was one of the few to offer religious tolerance. Therefore, a variety of denominations and congregations found their home in the city and built some of the most beautiful and unique houses of worship!

So here is a brief view of our lovely photography outing. I'm not a professional! But the good thing is that I have fun anyway! (I also really enjoy the photo editing afterwards!)

(not a church, but I wish it was my home!)

(This is what my next office door will look like!)

Here is my friend Melissa--laughing because she didn't want me to take her picture! Sadly it is out of focus on her face! But she still looks adorable. Thankfully the cup of water is in focus! (ugh) We made a stop at Whisk for some yummy cookies and lemonade. You can't be creative on an empty stomach!

(another fabulous door)

(sweet little mailbox)

And we end with this beautiful old cemetery!

Be sure to check out the rest of our new Charleston items in the Etsy Shop! And happy Friday!!

-Emily

Behind the Scenes of Our New House Portraits

As you may know, I originally studied Interior Design at the University of Georgia. When I started my career in graphic design, I didn't think I would do renderings anymore. But then Martin and I thought, why not incorporate it into our Etsy shop?! Sooooo...you can now purchase a custom house portrait and receive a rendering of your own home! You also have the option of purchasing matching notecards! How cool?!

Here are some pictures of the entire process... 

You can see the original house photo on the left.

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Below is a house portrait just completed for someone's 50th anniversary gift. (so sweet!)

We have a few more plans coming for this project...new ideas of ways to showcase the portraits. But we won't share them all just yet! ;)  Feel free to let us know if you have any suggestions! How would you like to see your house portrait displayed? Let us know!

-Emily

Festive Fun: Recap of the Holiday Farmers Market

 

We participated in the Mt. Pleasant Holiday Farmers Market last weekend and had the best time! Thank you so much to our friends who were able to stop by and say hi! We really enjoyed being out in the community and making some new friends. (Here is a shout out to you if we just met you at the market!) Below is a picture of Martin and I at our booth. (That funny looking thing I have on is an apron...keeps me organized.) The weather was perfect, and the food was phenomenal.  Overall,  it was just a great experience. We thought we'd share a few pics from the day. All photos courtesy of our good friend and fabulous photographer, Melissa Griffin!

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If you're interested in any of items in the photos, please check out our online shop!

www.texturedesignco.etsy.com/shop

We're hoping to do some more shows this spring, so we'll keep you posted. Let us know if there is one in your area that you think we should do! We're open to suggestion!

Thank you again to

Melissa Griffin Photography

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Best, Emily

Our Etsy Inspired Christmas Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Growing up, my mom found the best little surprises to fill our stockings! 

In honor of my mom's great stockings, here is Texture Design's 2014 Etsy Stocking Stuffer Ideas!

Yes, I included one of our shop's prints! This cute little skirt comes in a 5x7 or 8x10 print! I love the simple clean lines of the skirt! It would look great in a little girl's room or a guest room!

 

 T H A T C H   &   T H I S T L E   C O.

What girl doesn't live a little wasabi tape to liven up their packages, notebooks, grift wrap... This shop has tons of fun designs, but right now I'm swooning over the polka dot print!

 

M O D F R E S H

If you know me, then you know these are my favorite colors to wear! :) I love all the fun bold necklaces in this Florida based Etsy shop! Each wooden bead is hand painted. 

BUT WAIT...there's more! Modfresh is offering a 15% off coupon for our readers! Just use coupon code TEXTURE at checkout!!

 

Y A O   C H E N G   D E S I G N

Yao Cheng's shop is full of lovely tea towels, prints, and cards showcasing her painting skills. I love the colors and softness of this particular water color pattern. It is also available in a print.

 

T E X T U R E   D E S I G N   C O.

Yes, it is Texture Design Co. again! Honestly, these are one of my favorite items in our shop. I think this set of stationery makes a perfect gift for anyone. AND they include polka-dot lined envelopes!! 

 

C H E W I N G   T H E   C U D

I'm a fan of patterns and bags...this shop is full of both! I'm personally a big fan of this tiny one that is printed on recycled canvas.

 

S A L E M   W O L F   D E S I G N S

These lovely little boot cuffs are produced in Charlotte, North Carolina. With a wide variety of colors available, they make a great stocking stuffer!

 

K O L B I E   W O O D

What's not to love about this hand-painted wood planter? I love the combination of colorful paints with the wood stain. This little block would liven up any set of shelves.

 

W H I T L O C K   A N D   C O.

Yes, polka dots again! This graphic pillow is fabulous because it could be paired with any color! Yellow, taupe, green....it is so versatile! It does not come with the insert, so you can stash this pillow cover in anyone's stocking! This shop also has a great variety of other fabrics to choose from.

 

A M E L I E   M A N C I N I

It is time to liven up the table with these cactus napkins! This set of napkins is screen printed in Amelie Mancini's Brooklyn studio. Definitely check out her other screen printed items!

Well, that concludes our 2014 stocking stuffer list! Merry Christmas!

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DON'T FORGET TO USE YOUR COUPON TO MODFRESH!!

(all photos provided by their Etsy Shops)

Brown Paper Packages Tied up with Bows

 

Brown paper packages tied up with bows, these are a few of my favorite things....

We had a little gift wrap party with Texture friends! It was definitely a few of my favorite things: good friends, great conversations, yummy snacks and pretty packages.

O U R   G O A L

To brainstorm some fun Christmas gift wrapping ideas. We used the Texture Design Downloadable Christmas gift tags, various craft supplies, and some leaves from the yard. It was definitely more fun to wrap gifts with friends and get a little "out of the box" with our gift wrapping. Hopefully some of these ideas will inspire  you!

First, I scoured the yard for some fun leaves and berries. I also bought a few fake berries in case the real berries weren't looking too good. Then I picked up some different yarns, bakers twine, and ribbon.

Our supplies also included different markers, white gel pen, white stamp pad, cookie cutter for possible tracing and wasabi tape. Since we were using kraft paper, the options were endless!

We just sat down and started brainstorming, and I would say we were pretty excited with the results. (not to mention we had a great time chatting while wrapping).

For the gift below, our friend Emily paired two tags together for added pattern and color. She created a very elegant package with the use of the sheer ribbon and berries. The twine gives it a little added texture as well. Note, we did use hot glue to keep the leaves and berries on most of the gifts. That seemed to work the best for us.

For the package above, two tags were stuck together and hole punched on the sides for looping the twine through!

I love how this package turned out. It was like the kraft paper was a blank canvas. Our friend Kait used yarn to create a pattern on the left of the package. Then she added wasabi tape and a leaf with a hand written note. So many textures! Who wouldn't smile if they received this in the mail or under the tree?! (see close up of the multi color yarn below)

For this package, I used the eraser on a pencil as my stamp and created a little polka dot design on a package. It looks like it took me forever, but it really only took me a minute or two! Pretty cool look in just a few minutes. Add a little green yarn and tag...boom!

If you're thinking these look a little complicated or too time consuming, it isn't true! We did each gift in minutes! I'm excited to put them under the christmas tree!

If you're interested in using tags like ours, check out the Texture Design listing for Downloadable Christmas Tags. You can immediately download three pages of gift tags to use however you like! It is around 35 tags that you can print as many times as needed!

Feel free to leave comments or send pictures of how you've decorated your Christmas gifts in unique ways! Have a a great day!

(I do need to thank our friends, Kait and Emily for their gift wrap help and hand modeling!)